The city's annual observance of Fair Housing Month will commence today when Mayor Allen Joines reads a proclamation at noon at the office of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, 195 Executive Park Blvd., Winston-Salem.
Fair Housing Month promotes the federal Fair Housing Act and its laws against housing discrimination. 2011 marks the 43rd anniversary of the signing of the Fair Housing Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968. This year's theme, designated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is "Live Free."
Winston-Salem has a fair housing ordinance that mirrors the Fair Housing Act. The Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission and Human Relations Department are responsible for enforcing fair housing laws locally to ensure fair and equal housing access and treatment for all people regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, family status, or religion.
Also during Fair Housing Month, the annual Fair and Affordable Housing Summit for housing professionals will be held Thursday, April 21, at 11:30 a.m. at the LJVM Coliseum, 2825 University Parkway.
In addition, "The Other Side," a drama examining housing and race discrimination before the civil-rights era, will be shown during April on WSTV 13, the government channel on Time Warner Cable (channel 13) in Forsyth County. A fair housing public service announcement will also air on select cable channels.
The department will provide fair housing training at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Room 239 of City Hall, 101 N. Main Street. Additional training sessions will be held during the month at area colleges and universities for students who live off-campus.
For more information about Fair Housing Month and the Human Relations Department, call City Link at 727-8000.
Human Relations web site
WSTV 13 broadcast schedule